MON­DAY THE BOURNE LEGACY

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

9PM, SCT ★★

No Matt Da­mon? Not re­ally a Bourne movie then. Such is the fate met by this un­suc­cess­ful spin-off from the hit spy-thriller fran­chise. Watch­ing this dis­jointed, sus­pense-free af­fair go through its mo­tions is like show­ing up for a ma­jor stage play only to be told the un­der­study will be fill­ing in for the big star. Play­ing a long-lost fugi­tive sta­ble­mate of Ja­son Bourne, Jeremy Ren­ner (The Hurt Locker) does not de­ploy that em­phatic look-at-me fac­tor needed to quell any right­ful doubts one might have about the movie. The Bourne Legacy in no way hon­ours the Bourne legacy. It is merely an ex­er­cise in brand main­te­nance un­til Matt Da­mon feels like climb­ing down off his wal­let and is ready to be Bourne again. Co-stars Rachel Weisz and Ed­ward Nor­ton.

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